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I hope the news we are hearing isn’t true that World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Amir Khan (21-1, 15 KO’s) will vacate his WBA title if he’s forced by the WBA to fight interim champion Buenos Aires, Argentinan, Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KO’s)
Maidana is no doubt a good fighter with a big punch, but don’t forget he was beaten by Andriy Kotelnik in February, since coming back with a good win against Victor Ortiz in June. Here is a video of the fight.
Khan moved up from lightweight to take Andriy Kotelnik’s WBA light welterweight title in Manchester last month and there have been rumours that Freddy Roach wanted Khan to fight Erik Morales. This surely is not the correct path to take and obviously is being though about to improve Khan’s status in America. Morales is well known in the United States, so if Khan is seen beating Morales up, it will raise the image of Khan among the casual boxing fans. Morales, who has fought most of his career at super bantamweight and featherweight would not be a good scalp for Khan which ever way you look at it.
Being the world champion now means Khan will have them all knocking at the door, and if the only way for Khans camp to pick there next fight is to vacate the title rather than face legitimate contenders, then it may keep the loyal Amir fan base happy, but the real fan understands, and the real fan as had enough of this behavior within our sport.
Amir Khan had to begin his career topping the bills live on TV and didn’t have the chance to learn his trade on the small hall shows, but that’s the route they took, and the route that came off the rails against Breidis Prescott last year.
It just doesn’t seem like yesterday we were watching Khans Olympic silver medal success and here he is WBA Light Welterweight champion. So the quick route to becoming world champion, brings with it challenges, hungry fighters and top contenders who want what you have got.
Amir if this is true, and all British Boxing fans hope that it isn’t, then do the right thing, have your mandatory and then fight who is put in front of you, take on all comers, test yourself against the best, if you lose along the way, you lose, but the British Boxing fan will take you into there hearts for ever if you give it your best shot, stay loyal to the sport and especially stay loyal to yourself.